Entering grades 3-7 for a 2 or 3 week session.
The Pioneer program delivers a summer of fun and friendship for our youngest campers. Our days are intentional, designed to develop best self, encourage balanced living, and help campers create a positive community.
Campers choose from a variety of activities to create their daily experience. These interest groups include offerings in athletics, arts and crafts, performing arts, swimming, boating, outdoor adventure skills, woodworking, archery, rock climbing…and more!
Afternoon Village Time is focused on connecting with your village mates and strengthening friendships. Cabin groups work together on the team challenge course and climbing tower, take a hike to the waterfall or beaver dam, and enjoy culinary treats made over an open fire during outdoor cooking. Campers enjoy themed dinners, the County Fair, and World Day, and all villages look forward to their overnight camping trip in the surrounding mountains where they will be introduced to life on-trail.
Each evening, our community gathers for all-camp Night’s Doings fun. Favorites include Camper Leader Hunt, the talent show and capture the flag. Village Insight brings a quiet close to the day as we review the day’s events, set goals for the next, and learn more about one another.
Even more fun and excitement awaits our 3-week Pioneers during an extra week of signature events, including the Four-Fold Tournament! The annual camper produced Merrowvista Musical, Water Carnival, Camp Conquest, and Melbourne Cup chariot race all help make this final week of camp a memorable one.
Frequently Asked Questions
Merrowvista is fully accredited by the American Camp Association and meet or exceed state health requirements and industry safety standards in both our in-camp and adventure trip programs. American Red Cross standards guide our waterfront activities. We have a team of committed, on-site health professionals, staffing multiple fully equipped health centers, with the nearest hospital just 12 miles away. Merrowvista campers are supervised throughout the day and maintain a 1:6 staff to camper ratio so that we can provide a fun, safe summer for our campers.
We enthusiastically welcome children with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. We value each camper’s right to fully experience Merrowvista free from prejudice and harassment. All camp staff are trained to supervise campers and to prevent and address incidents of conflict or bullying based on any aspect of a person’s identity, including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation.
Staff members strive to be excellent role models by adhering to the camp motto, My own self, At my very best, All the time. Our senior staff members are caring professionals who work with children year-round in camp, school programs and conferences.
Our cabin leaders have completed at least one year of college, are certified in first aid and CPR, and go through two weeks of extensive training at camp prior to the arrival of campers.
Our Four Trails adventure trip leaders are at least 21 years of age, participate in a rigorous 3-week training, and are certified in high-level first aid as Wilderness First Responders. All of our staff members have background checks run against multiple local and national databases.
Children love to hear from their families while at camp! Campers are encouraged to write letters during the session and parents are also welcome to send mail to their camper, or send emails through our one-way email provider, which our office staff print and distribute every day.
If families have an urgent message, question or concern about their child, our directors are always willing to speak with parents on the phone.
"Overall, she is more willing to help out with tasks around the house. I think she sees the teamwork that can help the whole process. She seems quite comfortable in her own skin and is happy to be herself, even when her friends at school are different."
– Merrowvista Camper Parent